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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 March 2016
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General Studies – 1;
Topic: World geography; Critical changes to geographical features and their effect on flora and fauna, and on society
1) A recent United Nations report by Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) has warned that the wild pollinators are declining, and their loss will imperil world’s food supply. Discuss the importance of wild pollinators, causes for their decline, their importance for India and measures to be taken to restore the integrity of pollinators. (250 Words)
General Studies – 2
Topic:Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,
2) “The most solid of the BRIC countries just a few years ago, Brazil has become an object lesson for emerging economies on how dangerous it is to avoid tough structural reform when the going is good.” Throw light on causes of ongoing crisis in Brazil and lessons for India from this crisis. (200 Words)
Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes
Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.
General Studies – 3
Topic: Indigenization of technology and developing new technology
6) “Any further increase in FDI limit in the defence sector may not be in the long-term national interest and surely will be a disaster for the country’s attempt to build self-reliance.” Comment. Also examine how India can become self-reliant in military hardware. (200 Words)
Topic:Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth
General Studies – 4
Topic: Ethical issues in international relations
8) Recently, the U.S. had taken to the WTO its case against India’s policy of favouring domestic inputs in solar cells and solar modules, arguing that it amounted to a discriminatory trade practice and distorted the game. What are the ethical issues that this episode between India and US gives rise to? Is it fair to India? Comment. (200 Words)